Increase Transparency in Spending (US0039)
Action Plan: United States Second Action Plan 2013-2015
Action Plan Cycle: 2013
Lead Institution: U.S. Treasury
Support Institution(s): NA
Policy AreasAccess to Information, Fiscal Openness, Open Data, Public Participation, Publication of Budget/Fiscal Information
IRM Report: United States End-of-Term Report 2013-2015, United States Progress Report 2013-2015
Early Results: Major
Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information , Civic Participation , Technology
The Administration’s efforts to increase transparency in Federal spending have opened up new data on Federal procurement and financial assistance. The Administration intends to further increase the transparency of where Federal tax dollars are spent by committing to:
-Join the Global Initiative on Fiscal Transparency. The United States will join the Global Initiative on Fiscal Transparency (GIFT), an international network of governments and non-government organizations aimed at enhancing financial transparency, accountability, and stakeholder engagement. The Administration will actively participate in the GIFT Working Group and seek opportunities to work with others to champion fiscal openness in appropriate global forums.
-Regularly Engage with External Stakeholders. The U.S. Government will hold quarterly meetings with external stakeholders to identify and prioritize ways to improve the usability and functionality of the USASpending.gov website.
-Open Up Federal Spending Data. The U.S. Government will make Federal spending data more easily available in open and machine-readable formats.
- Publish Additional Federal Contracting Data. The Administration will facilitate the publication of certain Federal Government contract information not currently available in order to increase transparency and accountability of the Federal procurement system. Information will be made available consistent with Federal rulemaking procedures.
-Provide Strategic Direction for Enhancing Fiscal Transparency. The Administration, through the work of the Government Accountability and Transparency Board (GATB), will continue to provide strategic direction to the Federal Government on ways to increase Federal spending transparency and to detect waste, fraud, or abuse. GATB will update its annual plan with 2013 accomplishments and 2014 objectives including issues of data analytics and data integrity and standardization for procurement and grants.